We are already using fingerprints to cross custom borders, unlock our doors and even authorise our mobile banking transactions. Soon we will be able to use our fingerprints to unlock and start our cars.

Hyundai Motor Company has just announced that they will be introducing the world’s first smart fingerprint technology that allows drivers to unlock their car and even start the vehicle without having a physical car key with them. Hyundai plans to have this technology ready in their 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe available in selected markets.

To unlock the vehicle, the driver only has to place their finger on the sensor located on the door handle. With regards to security issues, Hyundai claims the fingerprint sensor comes with capacitance recognition that detects the differentials in the electricity level in various parts of the fingertip. This effectively prevents the use of forged and fake fingerprints

President and Head of R&D Division of the Hyundai Motor Company, Albert Biermann said: “In the future, Hyundai Motor plans to further expand the application of the technology to allow the adjustment of temperature, steering wheel position, and many other features which will be tailored to driver’s preferences. This will ultimately offer quality driving experience to each and every Hyundai customer.”

Hyundai plans to gradually roll out this fingerprint technology to other markets and also introduce other customisable technologies to their vehicle line up.


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Adrian Chia
He believes that the perfect remedy to Monday blues is a mixture of 4 wheels, clear roads and a pinch of twisty tarmac. A hot hatch is the icing on the cake.